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Class 4 – Home Learning Project – Summer 2011

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 27, 2011

I can honestly say that I was astounded by the standard of  last terms ‘Home Learning Project’.

It was such a pleasure to read the work that had gone into the ‘Coasts’ project!

Thanks to all the adults that helped and supported the children through their work – it was truly excellent!

They should be on display very soon in school.

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OK everyone, I introduced this to you in class today.

World War II – Project

(Download a copy above)

This time you are going to create your own folder/file/scrapbook of tasks related to this terms topic – ‘World War II’.

The tasks fit into different categories like KNOWLEDGE, COMPREHENSION, APPLICATION, ANALYSIS, EVALUATION and SYNTHESIS. Each of these requires you to use different skills.

You get to choose what to do and how much because each activity has a ‘Points Value’.

You need to score AT LEAST 20 pts in AT LEAST 8 activities (You can score more and complete more tasks!)

The final presentation can be very personal and as long as it fulfills the instructions it will be fine!

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Here are the guidelines to follow so you get this project in on time:

You must choose a minimum of 8 activities to do.   You must not do more than 3 from one section.

Your aim is to complete at least 20 points (Points in Brackets).

Think carefully about which activities you can do to balance sections and points.

You should complete the tasks and put them into a folder or a scrapbook.

This shouldn’t necessarily be a solo project, unless you want it to be of course, get the grown-ups involved too, draw upon the skills of parents, grandparents, older (or younger!) brothers and sisters. These people LOVE a challenge – but they SHOULD NOT be doing it for you!

As always, if you have any queries, questions or concerns – just ask Mr Watson.

It is to be handed in: Monday 12th July 2011 (You have just over 10 weeks!)

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Remember that if you ‘go the extra step’ and extend any of the challenges then BONUS POINTS will be available!

Copy and Paste from any source of information like a book, leaflet or the Internet and passing it off as your own WILL result in PENALTY POINTS!

Can you be the one to work hard and score the most points?

Good luck and I hope that you enjoy the challenge!

Mr W.

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Class 4 – Home Learning Project – Spring 2011

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 13, 2011

OK everyone, I introduced this to you in class today.

Coasts – Home Learning Project Sheet

(Download a copy above)

Last terms ‘Home Learning Project’  was such an amazing success that I thought we could try something slightly different.

This time you are going to create your own folder/file/scrapbook of tasks related to this terms topic – ‘Coasts’.

The tasks fit into different categories like KNOWLEDGE, COMPREHENSION, APPLICATION, ANALYSIS, EVALUATION and SYNTHESIS. Each of these requires you to use different skills.

You get to choose what to do and how much because each activity has a ‘Points Value’. You need to score AT LEAST 20 pts in AT LEAST 8 activities (You can score more and complete more tasks!)

The final presentation can be very personal and as long as it fulfills the instructions it will be fine!

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Here are the guidelines to follow so you get this project in on time:

You must choose a minimum of 8 activities to do.   You must not do more than 3 from one section.

Your aim is to complete at least 20 points (Points in Brackets).

Think carefully about which activities you can do to balance sections and points.

You should complete the tasks and put them into a folder or a scrapbook.

This shouldn’t necessarily be a solo project, unless you want it to be of course, get the grown-ups involved too, draw upon the skills of parents, grandparents, older (or younger!) brothers and sisters. These people LOVE a challenge – but they SHOULD NOT be doing it for you!

As always, if you have any queries, questions or concerns – just ask Mr Watson.

It is to be handed in: Week Beginning 28th March 2011 (You have just over 10 weeks!)

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Remember that if you ‘go the extra step’ and extend any of the challenges then BONUS POINTS will be available!

Copy and Paste from any source of information like a book, leaflet or the Internet and passing it off as your own WILL result in PENALTY POINTS!

Can you be the one to work hard and score the most points?

Good luck and I hope that you enjoy the challenge!

Mr W.

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Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

Thomas Andrew “Tom” Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and mathematician.

He has lectured on mathematics and musical theatre.

Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.

His work often parodies popular song forms, such as in this song, “The Elements”, where he sets the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the “Major-General’s Song” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

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Year 6 has learned the 1st 10 Elements of the Periodic Table (just for fun really, they dn’t need to know it!)

Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen,  Fluorine and Neon.

We have also enjoyed listening to Tom Lehrer’s song listing ALL the elements but  in no particular order.

Some people fancied the challenge of trying to learn it (CRAZY!).

But I like to try and oblige where I can!

Here is the animated video and underneath you can download a copy of the lyrics (they do match because I checked)

Observant people might notice that the song uses ‘Aluminum’ rather than ‘Aluminium’ as this is the American spelling. Lehrer is American and ‘Aluminum’ fits the music better as it has 4 syllables instead of 5 in the UK English version!

Anyway, that’s enough background!

Here’s the song and good luck!

Tom Lehrers Elements – The Lyrics!

Mr W.

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Poetry Competition! Submit your Kennings!

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 17, 2010

What is a Kenning?

A kenning is a poem where the subject is described without being named.

It comes from the Norse/Viking era, where swords had names like “death-bringer” or “wound-maker”.

You can create a great “riddle poem” by describing something in different ways on the different lines.

Here are some examples:

Cheetah

Great runner
Food chaser
Flesh eater
Good climber
Evil predater
Brilliant killer
Day sleeper
Amazing starer

Lewis (Age 9)

Vampire Bat

Night swooper
Blood drinker
Midnight watcher
Sharp toother
Cow ripper
Gruesome fiender
Outstanding flyer
Cave dweller

Bailey (Age 9)

Dog

Sofa Ripper
Night Gardener
Cat Chaser
Fast Swimmer
People Licker
Water Drinker
Deep Sleeper
Amazing Runner

Ellie-Mae (Age 10)

Dog

Table chewer
Meat eater
Cat chaser
Loud barker
Sheep chaser
Sock ripper
Teddy stealer
Feet licker

Jaden (Age 10)

These examples were written by a couple of years ago by my old class.

The benchmark is set HIGH – Can you beat it?

Yes, you can!

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So this is the competition:

1. Choose and animal

2. Write a kenning and post it here. It must be no more than 8 lines.

3. After half term we will have a look and judge the best and it will win a prize!

You can enter as many as you like!

Simple!

Have fun, think creative, THINK WOW Words!

Mr W.

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Movies – A little challenge for the Holidays!

Posted by eastwoldblog on August 2, 2010

This is a short video (2mins) and it contains 35 famous/classic movies from cinema history.

The challenge is simple:

How many can you name?

It’s not as easy as you think!

I was expecting little clips of the films – but it is a bit more of a puzzle than that!

Good luck,

See you in September!

Mr W.

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Speed Grid Challenge – How quick are your mental maths skills?

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 23, 2010

Bethany asked for the link to these Maths Games.

So, as I am always happy to answer a request, here they are!

How fast can you do the addition and subtraction grids?

The record for the Addition game stands at a ridiculous 10 questions correct in 19 seconds – I wonder what Daniel is doing now?

Post your times in the comments!

Mr W.

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Update: 24/03/10

Gridlock is another great game – this time for two players.

The instructions to play are on the page but the basic idea is to score the most points whilst preventing your opponents from scoring more than you – or can you “GRIDLOCK” them?

Hope you like it!

Mr W.

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Theseus & The Minotaur Puzzle Game

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 4, 2010

Theseus & The Minotaur Puzzle Game

How To Play

  • Guide Theseus (the red circle) to the exit.
  • Avoid the Minotaur (the black circle).
  • The Minotaur moves two squares towards you (if possible).
  • The Minotaur always prefers left/right moves (when available).

Keys:

  • Cursor keys move Theseus.
  • D = Delay (choose not to move).
  • R = Reset maze.
  • N = Next maze.
  • P = Previous maze.
  • S = Toggle sound on/off.

Robert Abbott invented the rules for Theseus, and designed the first maze. Take a look at his excellent Logic Mazes site for lots more information on this and many other puzzles.

Can you escape the mazes before you gt eaten by the Minotaur?

Some tricky puzzles here!

Even Ben found some of the hard! (Even though he’ll deny it!)

Mr W.

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Are you smarter than a 5th Grader? (It’s the American version!)

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 28, 2010

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

In America the 5th Grade is the equivalent to Year 5/6 in the UK.

In this online game, you can become part of Mr Foxworthy’s class and try the Are You Smarter… challenge!! (Mr Foxworthy is the American Noel Edmonds!)

If you can get past the American History – this is good fun!

See how you get on!

Play  “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” here!

Mr W.

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*UPDATED* Spot the Historical Figures!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 16, 2010

22/03/2010

OK – Here is an update to this post!

The prize is BRAGGING RIGHTS!!

Who can name the most historical figures and famous faces in this picture?

(Ben has offered 35 – but hasn’t said who they are!)

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One HUGE picture, loads of historical figures

How many can you see, name, identify?

You know what to do – add your lists in a comment.

Get your parents/guardians/carers/aunties/uncles/grandparents/older brothers and sisters/younger brothers and sisters to play to!

Get all the help you need!

Mr W.

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TutPup – Play games and challenge children from around the world!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 6, 2010

Log in to this site!

It is SO much fun!

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Update: 30-03-10.

I was playing on here with Harry and Joseph during our 1-2-1 time, and thought I’d try to make you all aware of the website – because it is BRILL!

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Update: 27-09-10.

Oliver and me were using this site to practice spelling and tables during our 1-2-1 time, and I’d like you all to be aware of it!

Really good for practicing those basic skills I am always on about!

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Tutpup is an exciting and new safe way to play games against children in the UK and across the world.

It is free, has no ads, doesn’t grab your personal information and allows you to play competitive maths and literacy games against friends or children from all around the world in a safe educational environment.

For example, you could try a division game and find yourself instantly challenged by a child in India!

You cannot:

  • Send messages to other players.
  • Start any kind of chat.
  • Share any information.
  • Use your own name or any personal information.

What do I need?

  • When you register to use TutPup you just need to choose a unique name. A combination of a colour, animal and number. I am GREENGOAT30.

East Wold ONLY – If you register then enter the CLASS CODE: 120878

Then you can join Class 4 and try to be the Top of the Hall of Fame!

All you can do is play games.

http://tutpup.com/

I love it – although it can get to the “just one more game” stage!

Mr W.

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